New timetable for barge crossing
ALL THOSE travelling across to Kingfisher Bay Resort will leave for Fraser Island from River Heads as of Monday.
Walk-on ferry passengers will continue to meet at Kingfisher’s terminal at Urangan boat harbour or be picked up from accommodation but instead of leaving from the harbour they will be shuttled to River Heads to meet the barge departures there.
Services will continue like this until the resort opens its new office at the River Heads shopping centre along River Heads Road.
The new office is planned to open half way through this year, explained the resort’s general manager of tours and marine, David Hay.
Mr Hay anticipates work at the shopping centre to start within the next few months.
Until then, the current Kingfisher reception will remain at Urangan catering for the guests that continue to meet there.
Kingfisher’s guests who hire self-drive 4WDs will continue crossing to the island via River Heads.
A new ferry timetable will also start from February 1 and the company has been handing out letters to its guests explaining the changes.
Mr Hay is expecting a smooth transition due to the staging of the changes.
He said morning foot passengers have been picked up from across Hervey Bay and taken to River Heads since November.
“We’ve found that it has been very convenient,” he added.
He also does not expect a massive increase in traffic along River Heads Road because some Kingfisher services have been operating from River Heads for 20 years.
The last fast cat passenger service will depart Urangan harbour tomorrow at 10pm and from Kingfisher at 11pm.KINGFISHER FERRY TRANSFER TIMETABLE
Departs River Heads
Departs Kingfisher Bay Resort Jetty